Obituaries

Wesley E. Johnson

JohnsonWesley.jpgWesley E. Johnson, 85, of Skokomish Valley, Washington, passed to the Lord on Friday, May 4th. Wes was born October 8, 1926, in Shelton, WA. He graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in 1944, Seattle Pacific College in 1950, and Arizona State University in 1964. He married Peggy Wright in 1950, and they raised their four children in Edmonds, WA, while Wes served as a teacher and administrator in the Seattle Public Schools. He retired from education in 1982, and returning to the Skokomish farm where he was raised, pursued a second career in farming and public service.
Among his many activities and interests, Wes served as an elder at First Baptist Church of Shelton, on the boards of the Peninsula Credit Union and Mason County Christian School, and as Mason County Commissioner. While in Edmonds, he served as a deacon and Superintendent of a Sunday School of 800 students at Esperance Baptist Church, and as a director of the Greater Seattle Sunday School Association.
 He loved and served the Lord and his family above all. He is survived by his four children, Kathleen (Bruce) Arnold, of South Hadley, MA, Gary (Linda) Johnson, of Edmonds, Wes (Kathryn) Johnson, of Everett, WA and Rick (Alyson) Johnson, of Matlock; 10 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, his sisters Edith Johnson of Shelton, Francis (Carl) King of Selah, WA, Esther (Don)  Cunningham of Union, WA, and brother Haldane (Pat) Johnson of Skokomish Valley and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Johnson, his parents, Arvid and Alvina Johnson, sister Evangeline Miller, brother Stanley Johnson, and grandson Jeremy Johnson.
A family graveside service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th, followed by a public memorial service at First Baptist Church of Shelton at 2:00 p.m.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Shelton and Mason County Christian School or your favorite charity.

 

Elmer Lloyd Friesner

FriesnerElmer.jpgElmer Lloyd Friesner, 78, a thirty-five year resident of Shelton, WA, passed away surrounded by his family at Mason General Hospital on April 24, 2012.  He was born to Floyd and Ethel (Bacon) Friesner in Rockwell City, IA on October 17, 1933.  On January 24, 1953 he married Marlyn Grems at his parent’s farm in Williams, MN. 
Elmer worked as a truck driver, heavy equipment operator and carpenter until his retirement.He enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, traveling and camping and loved watching the Mariners, having dinner at the casino and going for Sunday drives. Elmer especially enjoyed spending time with friends and family. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlyn Friesner, his parents, Floyd and Ethel Friesner and his grandson, Jacob Hargraves. 
He is survived by his loving companion of ten years, Aloma Perez of Shelton, WA; daughters, Katherine Shelton (Eldon) of Rapid City, SD, Terry Corey (Steve) of Shelton, WA, Shelly Hargraves (Bob Smith) of Shelton, WA; sons, Steve Friesner (Sue ) of Estherville, IA, Chuck Friesner (Danni Egen) of Olympia, WA; Aloma’s children, Monica Nerney (Larry) of Shelton, WA, Terry Brownfield (Cheryl) of Shelton, WA; sister, Vi Henderson of Tennessee; brothers, Harold Friesner of Artesia NM, Cecil Friesner of Blooming Prairie, MN; fourteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
 A memorial service was held at Hope Chapel on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 10:00 am. 

 

Letha Blanchard

BlanchardLetha.jpg“Shed no tears, please recall your fondest memory of me and hold it close to your heart, for I am free as the wind and in the arms of our Lord”.
Letha Blanchard went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Shelton Health and Rehabilitation Center at the age of 86. Letha was born on December 14, 1925 to William Franklin and Clara Elizabeth (Ritchie) Wilson  in Morton, WA. She resided with her daughter Theresa and son in law, Ron Jonker of Shelton along with her beloved dog, “Angie”. She is also survived by her son William Blanchard Jr, Montesano; grandchildren, David Blanchard, Ronald Jonker Jr. and Robert Jonker; great grandson, Zackary Jonker; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Letha was a former member of the Eastern Star in the Forks and Montesano areas. She was a devoted Mariner fan and enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, canning, cooking, fishing, camping, traveling, golfing, birds, bridge, art, reading and crossword puzzles. She was very fond of her family. She is preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.